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The Perils of Morning Coffee: An Isabel Dalhousie story (Isabel Dalhousie Novels) [Kindle Edition]

Alexander McCall Smith
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Book Description

Summer in Edinburgh is a season of delicate sunshine and showers, picnics with loved ones in blossoming gardens and genteel celebrations of art and music. But Isabel Dalhousie's peaceful idyll is broken when a single meeting over coffee with fellow philosopher Dr George McLeod brings an irate phone call from his wife, Roz, who implacably accuses Isabel of conducting an affair with her husband.

Wounded by the injustice of Roz's wild allegation and concerned both for her standing among the gossipy group of her scholarly peers and for Roz's apparent state of hysteria, Isabel is minded to discover more about the McLeods and set the record straight before the bitterness in their marriage poisons her reputation. She turns to Millie, an old acquaintance and a university colleague of George's, for insight. Once again, in this engaging, intelligently observed novella, Alexander McCall Smith's sharp-eyed heroine Isabel is reminded to avoid jumping to hasty conclusions about the lives of others, and to value friendship wherever it's found.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 299 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IYIA1Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,443 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Alexander McCall Smith is one of the world's most prolific and most popular authors. His career has been a varied one: for many years he was a professor of Medical Law and worked in universities in the United Kingdom and abroad. Then, after the publication of his highly successful 'No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency' series, which has sold over twenty million copies, he devoted his time to the writing of fiction and has seen his various series of books translated into over forty-six languages and become bestsellers through the world. These include the Scotland Street novels, first published as a serial novel in The Scotsman, the Isabel Dalhousie novels, the Von Igelfeld series, and the Corduroy Mansions series, novels which started life as a delightful (but challenging to write) cross-media serial, written on the website of the Telegraph Media Group. This series won two major cross-media awards - Association of Online Publishers Digital Publishing Award 2009 for a Cross Media Project and the New Media Age award.

In addition to these series, Alexander writes stand-alone books. 2014 sees publication of three new novels which fall into this area: 'The Forever Girl'; 'Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party'; and 'Emma' - a reworking of the classic Jane Austen novel. This year there will also be a stunning book on Edinburgh, 'A Work of Beauty: Alexander McCall Smith's Edinburgh'. Earlier stand alone novels include 'La's Orchestra Saves the World' and 'Trains and Lovers: A Hearts Journey'.

Alexander is also the author of collections of short stories, academic works, and over thirty books for children. He has received numerous awards for his writing, including the British Book Awards Author of the Year Award in 2004 and a CBE for service to literature in 2007. He holds honorary doctorates from nine universities in Europe and North America. In March of 2011 he received an award from the President of Botswana for his services through literature to that country.
Alexander McCall Smith lives in Edinburgh. He is married to a doctor and has two daughters.

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is a rip-off 31 Dec. 2011
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This is a VERY short story - and I am sure that it is taken from one of the Isabel Dalhousie books, and re-issued on its own, because I have definitely read it before. As a measure of it's length, the "taster" of the next novel at the end is half as long as the story itself. When I have time, I'm going to go through my books and find out where I've previously read it, and will add details to this post.

I think that the practice of re-issuing books under another title, or of issuing snippets like this without making their provenance clear is iniquitous and borders on the fraudulent.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing 24 May 2012
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If I had realised how short this book was I would not have bothered to waste money on it. Although the story is good it was very disappointing that it concluded so quickly.
I really enjoy this author and will stick to buying full length books in future.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars the perils of morning coffee abridged! 15 Oct. 2012
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I bought this kindle edition for 99p and realise it is not the full story but abridged ! Now my pleasure is spoilt because I know in precis what happens !! Shame on you Amazon ! I am sure Alexander would be mortified if he knew !
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Perils of Morning Coffee 10 Aug. 2013
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I'm a fan of this author's No 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series but this is the first story I've read featuring Isabel Dalhousie. I enjoyed reading the story but found I was having to consciously slow down my reading speed in order to appreciate the philosophical asides. This is not a criticism because I actually found those asides of interest and worth thinking about. I liked the gentle humour and the huge knowledge of human nature this author displays.

If you're not sure whether the Isabel Dalhousie series will interest you then reading this story and the extract from `The Forgotten Affairs of Youth' which is included with it may be a good way to try the series. If philosophy and ethics don't interest you then it might be best to stay away. I liked Isabel as a character and reading this story has whetted my appetite for the rest of the series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars e book review 21 Jun. 2012
By Beady
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The Number One Ladies Detective Agency books were such fun to read and so evocative of Africa. Then I read The Charming Quirks of Others and enjoyed it too. So I looked forward to another good read but was very disappointed. It did not seem to go anywhere and finished nowhere and maybe there just was not enough morning coffee. They were the same charachters as the Quirks but this time they did not jump out as they did in the other book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is not a story, it's a snippet! 25 May 2012
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What is there is lovely, as with all McCall Smith's books, but goodness me it is so short I truly thought it had downloaded incorrectly. The sample of the following book was half as long as the actual story I'd paid for, and it took an our to read both. A total and utter rip off.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perils of Morning Coffee Isabel Dalhousie 9 Sept. 2014
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If you like these books you will like this, full of gentle charm. I read it from Kindle edition and wonder if it had been shortened as the abrupt ending actually gave me a shock. Everything left up in the air and very unsatisfactory. There is more somewhere, I know as I have read it ages ago, but where... and how to find it ? Disappointed by end.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unfinished? 15 April 2012
By val
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I was enjoying this little story because I am a fan of Isabel Dalhausie stories but I became a disappointed reader when it suddenly ended without some of the storylines having been resolved. I wondered whether it had been imperfectly scanned and whether the end of the book had been accidently left off. I did realise that it had been very cheap but thought that it didn't do the author any favours as it just seemed to be incomplete. One of the pleasures of these stories is that they do have a denouement. This one didn't. It just ended. Wierd!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Poor ending
Published 3 months ago by Anna Wilkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. J. C. Storey
3.0 out of 5 stars Below Par
I've read lots of Alexander McCall Smith books, including some of the more obscure titles. The Isabel Dalhousie series is definitely my favourite. Read more
Published 4 months ago by LJM
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A light read
Published 5 months ago by Jillian M Dexter
3.0 out of 5 stars variations on a theme
In the same genre of all the other books, may Isabel should take a visit to Oz or somewhere, I have every book Alexander has ever written but this series needs more oomph now.
Published 5 months ago by ilkley buyer
5.0 out of 5 stars MORE PLEASE
If you are a fan of Isabel you will not be dissappointed, i only wish Mr McCall could write all his range of book's quicker, my favourite author
Published 6 months ago by CHRISSIE M
1.0 out of 5 stars I love Alexander McCall Smith's novels about the number one lady's ...
I love Alexander McCall Smith's novels about the number one lady's detective agency but couldn't get in to this one at all.
Published 6 months ago by Lynda
2.0 out of 5 stars a bit of a let down
Disappointingly brief, more like a short story and it ended somewhat abruptly
Published 6 months ago by S. Finlay
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoy the Edinburgh books of this author very much. this was an introduction and I enjoyed it.
Published 7 months ago by marion
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful could read him all the time
Published 8 months ago by Troll
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